What is tool automation?
Maximizing Utilization with Tool Automation
Do you need a large variety of different or expensive tools? Are your planning to increase unmanned running time and productivity? Do you worry about labor costs and availability?
The solution is Fastems Tool Automation. It enables the use of small tool magazines, eliminates human errors and reduces capital investment in tools. Machine control integration enables a machine tool to start machining even if all the required tools are not in its magazine. Real time information of needed tools is always available.
Why Tool Automation?
Extend unmanned production
Enable flexible and automatic tool management
Types of Tool Automation
CTS – Central Tool Storage
The Central Tool Storage is designed for large numbers of tools and is built on the factory floor level. There are two robots: one taking care of tool storage and another delivering the tools to CNC machines.
GTS – Gantry Tool Storage
The Gantry Tool Storage is built above the machine tools and thus saves floor space. Tools are stored centrally and delivered to machine tools with a robot.
Tool Automation Benefits:
- Tool sharing reduces costs
- Real time information of needed tools with automatic scheduling
- Tool availability just in time
- No tool data or human errors
- Extended unmanned production hours
- Labor savings
Manufacturing Management Software
Tool Automation is a part of the industry’s most advanced production planning and execution software, MMS. Manufacturing Management Software is always one step ahead by automatically calculating the optimized production workflow and necessary resources, including tools, based on orders.
MMS adapts automatically to changes in the daily production schedule and displays information to maintain the production output.
See what our clients say about Tool Automation
Perfection in practice A zero-error strategy and a high degree of automation cut out retooling times When problems and errors in machining that might once have been tolerable reach a certain threshold, it’s time to think about making changes. That’s exactly what entrepreneur Stefan Kempf did. The result is a highly automated and extremely flexible […]
BAE Systems Samlesbury
Fastems FMS breaks new ground Fastems FMS breaks new ground and improves productivity in an ultra-high technology aerospace application – handling precision parts with specially developed technology. On 21st May 2007, what is believed to be the world’s first flexible manufacturing system (FMS) for automated production of components made from carbon fibre sheet went live […]